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University of Brighton

2016 League Table Ranking 76
2016 Overall Score 607
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Entry Standards 315 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 17.3 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 2.84 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 821 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.00 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 373 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 64.4 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 87.0 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 68.2 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 65.0 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • The origins of the university can be traced back to 1859 with the founding of the School of Art in the Brighton Royal Pavilion.
  • Since being granted university status in 1992 the University of Brighton has grown steadily. Today it has more than 20,000 students and runs over 200 undergraduate courses.
  • The Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF) ranked Brighton in the top 25% of UK universities for its world-leading research impact.
  • Over the years, the university has built close partnerships with business, employers and professional bodies.

Location and Transport

  • The university has campuses in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings.
  • Wherever you’re based, you’ll be close to the beach and the countryside, with easy access to London and mainland Europe.
  • Brighton is just an hour from London. Sandwiched between the sea and the beautiful South Downs, this colourful and creative city is a great place to be a student.
  • Eastbourne is considered the sunniest place in the UK. Forty minutes along the coast from Brighton, the town offers affordable high street shopping, theatres, art galleries and excellent sporting facilities.
  • Hastings is a historic and beautiful town with a vibrant arts and live music scene. An hour from Brighton, this busy town is home to a close-knit community of students.

Entry Standards

  • Entry requirements vary. Specific entry requirements for each course can be found on the University of Brighton website.
  • The university operates a flexible admissions policy – this means that when assessing students’ potential, their exam grades are considered alongside a range of other factors, such as family background, work experience and personal circumstances.

Student Mix

The 20,700 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Most of Brighton’s 200 undergraduate courses have a lot of flexibility in them. Optional modules allow students to tailor their learning to their interests and ambitions.
  • Many courses in the same subject area share first year modules – enabling students to try out different areas before deciding on their final degree path.
  • Most courses include the option of taking a work placement. Students come back from placements with contacts, confidence, experience and even job offers.
  • There are opportunities to study abroad through a range of exchange agreements with partner universities in the EU and beyond.
  • The university’s online learning environment, studentcentral, provides opportunities to study from home.

Teaching Standards

  • The university has received five National Teaching Fellowships and staff combine professional practice with teaching and research activity.
  • Brighton is one of the UK's largest teacher training universities, and its Initial Teacher Education provision was rated 'outstanding' in the most recent Ofsted inspection.
  • Brighton’s strengths in art and design have been recognised in the award of a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning through Design.
  • In 2014 the Brighton Students Union Excellence Awards received over 1,100 nominations from students wanting to acknowledge the contribution of staff.

Research Standards

  • Brighton has been recognised for producing research of 'world-leading quality' which has 'outstanding impact' by the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF).
  • 92% of research is rated as being world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of the impact it makes (REF 2014).
  • The REF rated Brighton as a top 5 university for world-leading research impact in Business and Management Studies and a top 10 university for world-leading research impact in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy.
  • Over the past five years, the university has invested £8.8 million in research initiatives.

Student Facilities

  • More than £100 million has been invested in the past 10 years on the equipment and buildings students use every day.
  • Brighton’s professional focus means that it has some learning facilities that you might not expect, such as a radio station, newsroom, podiatric hospital, flight simulator, real-time trading room, human movement laboratories and a dispensing pharmacy.
  • Students have access to libraries, media centres, computer rooms, campus-wide wi-fi and Studentcentral – the university’s online learning environment.

Career Focus

  • 100% of Brighton’s undergraduates are able to do assessed work-related learning as part of their course.
  • 88% of graduates are in employment or study within six months of completing their course (DLHE survey 2012–13).
  • Work placement companies include American Express, British Airways, Channel 4, IBM, the NHS, Nike and Rolls Royce. 
  • Many of courses are accredited by professional organisations. This may mean that students are licensed to practise (eg as a nurse), are eligible to apply for membership of a professional body, or are exempt from professional exams.
  • Partnerships with business, employers and professional bodies contribute to course development and teaching.
  • Students can develop their employability skills through career forums, mentoring, entrepreneurship and volunteering schemes.

Disability Services

  • If you have a disability or a long-term health condition, the Disability and Dyslexia Team will make sure you have equal opportunities to take part in all aspects of student life.
  • The kind of support offered is individual to you and includes ensuring teaching staff understand the impact that some conditions may have on your ability to study.

Students' Union

  • There are over 100 student-run societies and students are free to invent virtually any society that you can think of. Societies can be cultural, political, religious or course-related.
  • The students’ union create an events programme each year, from cinema and club nights to black-tie balls, as well as helping societies to hold cultural and religious events for festivals such as Eid, Diwali, Hanukkah, Chinese New Year and Christmas.
  • Democratically elected officers have responsibility for each area of the student experience: democracy, wellbeing, academic, campus and community, and activities and events.


  • With over 60 sports clubs, you're bound to find something new to try at the University of Brighton, whether you want to compete, keep fit or just have fun.
  • Sports facilities include swimming pools, gyms, sports halls and football pitches.
  • The Parklife programme of sport and exercise has sessions in everything from judo to futsal, trampolining to zumba.
  • Brighton also supports elite athletes through sports scholarships, a sports science consultancy unit and its status as a satellite centre for the English Institute of Sport.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The £23-million Huxley Building at the Moulsecoomb campus opened in 2010 and houses the majority of the university’s work in pharmacy and biosciences.
  • A £7.6-million sports centre opened at the Falmer campus in 2010.
  • The £7.5-million, six-floor building at Priory Square in Hastings provides a new 160-seat lecture theatre and a suite of laboratories supporting science courses.
  • £27 million has been spent on new halls of residence and support facilities at Varley Park – a further phase of redevelopment costing £13.5 million is under way.
  • The Cockcroft building at Moulsecoomb is undergoing a £29-million sustainable building refurbishment, creating new teaching facilities and social spaces.
  • The university is also planning a £23-million academic building and £40-million of student accommodation on the Preston Barracks site in Moulsecoomb.
  • In central Brighton, a £8-million project is under way to expand facilities for the College of Arts and Humanities.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • There is plenty of part-time work available and the Careers Service helps students find the right job to fit around their studies.
  • The vacancies service advertises part-time and holiday work, including university-based roles.
  • Careers counsellors give practical help with CVs, applications and preparing for interviews.

Notable Alumni

  • Kate Allenby MBE – Director of Fencing for the 2012 Olympics
  • Dr Gary Brickley British Paralympic cycling team coach
  • Mandy Chessell Computer scientist and IBM Master Inventor
  • Norman Cook DJ, musician and producer
  • Ben Cooper Controller, Radio 1 and 1Xtra
  • Harvey Goldsmith CBE Performing arts promoter
  • Emily Gravett Children's book illustrator and author
  • Dr Steve Ingham Head of Physiology at the English Institute of Sport
  • Natasha Khan Musician, Bat for Lashes
  • Sue Law Head of Equality & Child Protection, Football Association
  • David Stone Gold medal-winning Paralympic cyclist
  • Julien Macdonald OBE Fashion designer
  • Mark Power Magnum photographer
  • J.C. Reid Managing director of Skint Records
  • Dr Chris Shambrook Sports psychologist for GB rowing team at London 2012
  • Keith Tyson Artist and Turner Prize winner 2002
  • Martin Webb Entrepreneur and TV business mentor
  • Jo Whiley DJ and TV presenter


For further information

  • +44 (0)1273 644644
  • University of Brighton
    Mithras House
    Lewes Road
    BN2 4AT
UCAS Code B72

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